NASP Practice Model Overview

In 2010, NASP released for the first time the Model for Comprehensive and Integrated School Psychological Services, also known as the NASP Practice Model. Almost everything you do in practice reflects the NASP Practice Model in at least one of the 10 domains of school psychology practice. The competencies identified within these 10 domains represent the knowledge and skills that school psychologists are prepared to have. The model is intended to show the alignment between your competencies and the services you can provide. Often, the challenge is to reframe how you think about your services in this context, identify other areas of practice in which you can grow, and begin to use the model to define your work and its value when communicating with others. Importantly, working towards the recommended ratio (1:500-700) enables you to more effectively provide a comprehensive range of services. Always remember that the goal in enhancing your practice is to better serve students, families, and schools.

The NASP Practice Model is one of four major parts of NASP's 2010 Professional Standards. The four national standards include: Principles for Professional Ethics, Standards for Graduate Preparation of School Psychologists, Standards for the Credentialing of School Psychologists, and the Model for Comprehensive and Integrated School Psychological Services (the NASP Practice Model). The NASP Practice Model has two major parts: (a) Professional Practices and (b) Organizational Principles. Professional Practices include 10 domains of school psychology practice that are organized into three areas: (a) foundations of school psychological service delivery; (b) practices that permeate all aspects of service delivery; and (c) direct/indirect services to children, families, and schools. The Organizational Principles describe the things that need to be in place in school districts to support effective delivery of the domains of school psychology practice.